Let's finish this wonderful study on being transformed. I love even the thought of it, how much more if I let God finish His work in me to be completely transformed into His likeness.
John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are life." What changes us? The words that He speaks to us and what is that word that He speaks? The Bible. So in order to be transformed we need to feed on the word of God, the Bible. Take the time for Bible reading every morning and with David's prayer you will be transformed into His likeness.
Colossians 1:21,22 "And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now he has reconciled in the body of His flesh, through death, to present you holy and blameless, and above reproach in His sight." What has He done for us? He has taken our sins in His own body through His death on the cross so that He can present us to His Father, holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight. What more could we ask for and what a great and precious promise to us frail sinners, who don't deserve this kind of treatment but because of His great love for us, He has provided a way for us to be transformed by His love and grace towards us.
Titus 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit." This is how we are transformed into His likeness. It is the Holy Spirit that works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is not us that changes us, it is God through the power of His Holy Spirit that changes us into His likeness.
1 Peter 1:23 "Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever." How are we born again or transformed into His likeness? Through the word of God, so don't forget this, it is a powerful truth. And the condition to these promises is in the following verses.
1 John 5:1,2 "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves him who begot, also loves Him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments." Is it a hard thing to love Someone who loves us enough to die for us that we might be saved, is that a hard thing to do? Is it also a hard thing to keep His commandments when He gives us the power to do it and this is all He asks of us in return for all He is willing to do for us?
What a wonderful God and Savior, that He would stoop to come to this world of sin to give us special attention and special love, mercy and grace to redeem us back to God, His Father. Will you accept His offer of love to you, today? Will you let Him transform your life? You will never regret it, never. He offers us all the happiness that our hearts can hold, if we will just confess our sinfulness and repent of our sins and surrender our life to Him. You may have to ask Him to even make you willing to be willing to do this, but never fear, He will do whatever it takes to save you if you truly want to be saved. God bless you with the willingness to allow Him to transform your life into a life even as He lived in this world of sin. You can be like Him if you truly desire to be. Grandma Jo